Although I am no yogi, yoga has been a part of every stage of my motherhood life. Pregnancy yoga was one of my favourite activities do to while sporting a twin bump, and when my babes were six weeks old we did baby yoga. Now that my girls are three, we have just completed a toddler yoga course and it was one of my favourite activities that I have done with my girls at this age as well.
We did the Mom and Toddler Yoga series at Yoga Warrior. The 5 classes had a different theme each week, building onto one another. Each class involved different animals, different stories, and different ways to explore your breath, balance and strength. Very few props are used in the class, as it is more about using your own body and imagination which I found so refreshing in an age when children are constantly bombarded by things, and stuff, and technics. It was wonderful to see my girls embrace the classes more as the weeks went on, gaining confidence in what they could do. They even started reenacting the classes at home. What I loved about these classes is essentially it was an hour of concentrate play time with my children – a chance to get on the floor with them, lift them, do animal poses with them, dance with them, sing with them, be silly with them, and be still with them. More so, it was beyond just the physical experience of doing yoga poses and movement, it was an intimate time to connect one-on-one.
Some other benefits (for mother and child!) of doing yoga with your toddler are improvement of body awareness, playful stress relief, increased attention span, social interaction, and the nurturing of self confidence and creativity. In fact it is said that “yoga is a gift to children and encourages them to hold onto their childlike mind with wisdom and beauty.”
For more information about the classes, and details about the upcoming toddler yoga series, visit the Yoga Warrior website.